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Born of the Night (Nightcreature #0) The Last Bastion of the Living

This was more than dreams.

Sophie looked again at the clock. Two hours.Two hours that she’d have to make last a lifetime.

The Vampires Reflection (Of Light and Darkness #2)

The Bridgertons are truly a unique family. Surely there cannot be anyone in London who does not know that they all look remarkably alike, or that they are famously named in alphabetical order: Anthony, Benedict,  Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesea, Gregory, and Hyacinth.It does make one wonder what the late viscount and (still very-much alive) dowager viscountess would,  have named their next child had their offspring numbered nine. Imogen? Inigo?Perhaps it is best they stopped at eight.

Death Weeps (Death #5)

LADY WHISTLEDOWN’S SOCIETY PAPERS, 2 JUNE 1815Benedict Bridgerton was the second of eight children, but sometimes it felt more like a hundred.

This ball his mother had insisted upon hosting was supposed to be a masquerade, and Benedict had dutifully donned a black demi-mask, but everyone knew who he was. Or rather, they all almost knew.

A Bridgerton! they would exclaim, clapping their hands together with glee.Bridgerton? Mary asked absently.

She always writes about him.I think she just likes writing about rakes, Edwina commented.

Assassins Creed: Revelations (Assassins Creed #4)

Of course she likes writing about rakes, Kate retorted. If she wrote about boring people, no one would buy her newspaper.That’s not true, Edwina replied. Just last week she wrote about us, and heaven knows we’re not the most interesting people in London.

Kate smiled at her sister’s naïveté. Kate and Mary might not be the most interesting people in London, but Edwina, with her buttery-colored hair and startlingly pale blue eyes, had already been named the Incomparable of 1814. Kate, on the other hand, with her plain brown hair and eyes, was usually referred to as the Incomparable’s older sister.She supposed there were worse monikers. At least no one had yet begun to call her the Incomparable’s spinster sister. Which was a great deal closer to the truth than any of the Sheffields cared to admit. At twenty (nearly twenty-one, if one was going to be scrupulously honest about it), Kate was a bit long in the tooth to be enjoying her first season in London.

But there hadn’t really been any other choice. The Sheffields hadn’t been wealthy even when Kate’s father had been alive, and since he’d passed on five years earlier, they’d been forced to economize even further. They certainly weren’t ready for the poorhouse, but they had to mind every penny and watch every pound.With their straitened finances, the Sheffields could manage the funds for only one trip to London. Renting a house—and a carriage—and hiring the bare minimum of servants for the season cost money. More money than they could afford to spend twice. As it was, they’d had to save for five solid years to be able to afford this trip to London. And if the girls weren’t successful on the Marriage Mart…well, no one was going to clap them into debtor’s prison, but they would have to look forward to a quiet life of genteel poverty at some charmingly small cottage in Somerset.

And so the two girls were forced to make their debuts in the same year. It had been decided that the most logical time would be when Edwina was just seventeen and Kate almost twenty-one. Mary would have liked to have waited until Edwina was eighteen, and a bit more mature, but that would have made Kate nearly twenty-two, and heavens, but who would marry her then?Kate smiled wryly. She hadn’t even wanted a season. She’d known from the outset that she wasn’t the sort who would capture the attention of the ton. She wasn’t pretty enough to overcome her lack of dowry, and she’d never learned to simper and mince and walk delicately, and do all those things other girls seemed to know how to do in the cradle. Even Edwina, who didn’t have a devious bone in her body, somehow knew how to stand and walk and sigh so that men came to blows just for the honor of helping her cross the street.

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